Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

The state of Idaho now requires all school districts and public charter schools to develop and maintain strategic plans, as one of several recommendations from a Governor’s Task Force to improve student performance. On May 6, 2014, La Piana's Jo DeBolt joined the ED Sessions 2.0, a monthly speaker series for Idaho educators, for “What if schools led change?” a discussion about strategic planning for schools. 

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Categories: Strategic Planning
Tags: innovation, strategy, sustainability

The Y Changes the Game, Emphasizes Youth and Preventive Health

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Y Changes the Game, Emphasizes Youth and Preventive Health

We were happy to see Y-USA featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy last month with two articles on how the organization has refocused its mission to make a more measurable difference in people’s lives. Not only has the revitalization of its national brand updated its role from that of a recreational resource to an innovator in preventive health, it offers one of the best examples to date of a nonprofit adapting to health care reform.

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Categories: Change Management, Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: branding, innovation, strategy

How do you do your best work?

// Thursday, May 01, 2014

How do you do your best work?

Personal productivity (and its link to organizational success as well as overall balance, fulfillment, and —dare I say — happiness in one’s life and work) is a huge interest of mine, so I very much enjoyed the wisdom collected in this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on The Work Behind the Work, described by host Nancy Schwartz as “the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barrier that keeps you from getting there).” In fact, I managed to be quite unproductiveproductive for a considerable chunk of time while reading all of the entries. (Learning is productive, after all!)

Here are a few additional tips and questions that I have shared with clients (and asked myself) over the years. 

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Categories: Commentary
Tags: workplace

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Diversity in the Social Sector: How do we get there from here?

Any understanding of how organizations become truly different leads me back to my own inadequacies. I’ve been in positions to help organizations make this change before. Where I’ve seen changes take place, that change often is not characterized by wide-ranging openness to diverse people. Instead, it looks like a change from one group of people to another. In other words, the group is still not truly diverse. In most other cases, very little true organizational change took place at all.


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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: demographics, diversity

What’s Your Organizational Culture? (or Baseball as a Bonding Agent)

Melissa Mendes Campos // Friday, April 11, 2014

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Categories: Commentary, Our Team
Tags: organizational culture, workplace

How the California R&R Network's Strength Helps Move the Agenda Forward

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, April 01, 2014

How the California R&R Network's Strength Helps Move the Agenda Forward

The R&R Network has carefully crafted a strong organization through its strategic vision, the collaborative nature of its member agencies who work to move the network forward, and a tradition of strong and visionary leadership. 

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Categories: Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: networks, impact, vision

Collaboration: Doing it Well

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, March 27, 2014

Collaboration: Doing it Well

"Collaboration” is easily said, much harder to actually do and (more importantly) to do well. At its core, a collaboration should have three things: 1) clear purpose, 2) clear agreements, and 3) clear results. 

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, strategic restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Heather Gowdy

// Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Heather Gowdy

This interview with Senior Manager Heather Gowdy is part of our ongoing series featuring members of the La Piana team.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Build it Green Uses Mission and Metrics to Guide Decision Making

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Thursday, March 20, 2014

Build it Green Uses Mission and Metrics to Guide Decision Making

Working with La Piana Consulting, Build It Green engaged in a strategy development process that moved the organization through a critical first step of confirming its measure for mission impact: reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Categories: Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: case study, nonprofit consulting, strategy

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Michael Anderson

// Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Michael Anderson

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Michael Anderson, the newest member of our team. Michael joined La Piana Consulting in January and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting
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